Tuesday, November 12, 2013
To Tweet or Not to Tweet?
"Throughout the presentation, she apparently posted disparaging comments on Twitter about her fellow attendees, repeatedly using a common expletive.
"Perhaps she hadn’t realized that colleges keep track of their social media mentions," reported Dean Meikeljohn in "They Loved Your GPA Then They Saw Your Tweets."
And you thought only employers would track such things?
Think about it, if you owned a company or were the Dean of a college wouldn't you want to know what people are saying about your product, company, or college? Of course, you would. Would-be employers or colleges don't just Google perspective employees or students, they keep track of their web reputation as well.
"'We would have wondered about the judgment of someone who spends their time on their mobile phone and makes such awful remarks,' Mr. Meiklejohn, the dean Bowdoin said.
"As certain high school seniors work meticulously this month to finish their early applications to colleges, some may not realize that comments they casually make online could negatively affect their prospects. In fact, new research from Kaplan Test Prep, the service owned by the Washington Post Company, suggests that online scrutiny of college hopefuls is growing.
"Of 381 college admissions officers who answered a Kaplan telephone questionnaire this year, 31 percent said they had visited an applicant’s Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them — a five-percentage-point increase from last year. More crucially for those trying to get into college, 30 percent of the admissions officers said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant’s prospects."
30 percent didn't make it to the school of their choice because of some DUMB comment, picture, tweet, or tag that they had posted online.
"Gary L. Ross, Colgate’s a dean of admission at Colgate once called a student, to whom the college had already offered acceptance, to check whether an alcohol-related incident that was reported online was indeed true. (It was, and Colgate rescinded the offer of admission.)"
Really? Does someone really have to tell you not to post that picture of you chugging a bottle of Jack Daniels online? It has become so bad that high schools are now giving high school students tutoring on how to spiff up their internet presence.
"Guidance counselors are tutoring students in scrubbing their digital identities. At Brookline High School in Massachusetts, juniors are taught to delete alcohol-related posts or photographs and to create socially acceptable email addresses. One junior’s original email address was “bleedingjesus,” said Lenny Libenzon, the school’s guidance department chairman. That changed.
"'They imagine admissions officers are old professors,' he said. 'But we tell them a lot of admissions officers are very young and technology-savvy.'" It's not just a bunch of old guys with elbow patches on their jacket smoking a pipe and reading hand written personal essays. Professors deal with technology every day.
I once had a student whose email address was "yourfacebites". It was really annoying to keep getting emails directed at my face, in fact, so annoying I sent an email to the student saying I'm not answering your queries unless you change your address.
How about you, do you think you need to scrub your internet identity before applying to the University of California, Berkeley or that prospective company where you are just dying to work?